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by William Golding

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What are the events that lead up to Simon's murder in Lord of the Flies?

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Prior to Simon's murder, Jack has told the other boys, "I'm not going to play any longer," and has left Ralph's group. During the day he draws many boys after him, and, now "brilliantly happy," tells them he is going to be their chief. Jack leads the boys on a successful pig hunt.

In the meantime, Simon has sought out his private retreat, and while there falls into an epileptic seizure after having a vision of the Lord of the Flies. Jack's boys raid Ralph's camp and steal fire; Jack then begins cooking the pig on a large rock on the beach. All the boys except Piggy, Ralph, and Simon are attracted to the tantalizing meat, and Jack sets himself up as ruler, sitting there "like an idol." Ralph and Piggy eventually succumb to the temptation and joint Jack's feast.

In the forest, Simon has regained consciousness. He decides to put an end to the "beast" talk once and for all by seeing for himself what...

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